Serbia rains on gay parade

Published at Waging Nonviolence (People-Powered News and Analysis)

In a conference building in Belgrade, around 200 people waved rainbow flags and listened to speeches from the Pride Week organizing committee and international guests on Saturday. This, however, was as close as Serbia’s LGBT community came to holding a gay pride parade this year.

Three days earlier the Serbian government forbade organizers from holding a pride parade in Belgrade for the second year in a row. Prime Minister Ivica Dačić told local media that he made the decision because of safety risks, as hooligan groups threatened to attack the march if it was to take place. To protest against another ban on their parade, LGBT activists organized a “Pride Within Four Walls” gathering to protest the way they are treated by their government. Read the rest of the story at Waging Nonviolence

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